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Don't Look Back, We're Not Going That Way

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About the Author

Prior to her recent role as Maggie the Housekeeper on That's My Bush, Marcia Wallace was best known for her award winning role as Bart's tea cher , Mrs. Krabapple, on The Simpsons, and as Carol Kester on The Bob Newhart Show. She reprised that role when she guest starred as Murphy Brown's 66th secretary, for which she received an Emmy nomination. She reunited with Murphy as a member of her breast cancer support group. M arcia has recently appeared on Seventh Heaven and Providence and her v oice has been heard on several animated series, films and commercials. She has also recently appeared in "The Vagina Monologues" and just com pleted her first infomercial.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Off The Wall Publications (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097483050X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974830506
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,287,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marcia Wallace's book is a magnificent telling of a life that has had a multitude of grief thrown it's way and survived. Not only survived, but survived intact and better for the experiences. If you read the book, you will be better for having read it. Touching, hilarious and real. This book neither sugarcoats or side steps anything painful or uncomfortable. Storytelling is an artform and Ms. Wallace is an artist. Her Midwestern roots bring her both strength in the storytelling department and strength in the survival department. Her ability to bring you along on this amazing journey is undoubtably one of her strengths as a person.
She makes you FEEL everything. It is pure Marcia. She admits that it is scattered and skips around topic-wise, but that makes it all the more endearing. Grab some snacks, hunker down and read this book. Don't forget the tissues. You'll be wiping away tears from both laughing and crying.
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I have read a lot of memoirs/ autobiographies of celebrities and most of the time they are interesting but not much else. This book is inspirational, funny, moving and enjoyable. It’s one of the rare times after I’ve read such a book that I felt like I would want to be friends with this person. She is honest and sincere. I would highly recommend her book.
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I finished reading this book in two brief evenings, and simply adored it. Marcia Wallace's willingness to share such poignant, raw, truthful moments of both sadness and joy is sure to touch many people as it did me. Any book that can jump from stories of loss and tragedy and still make you laugh at the description of a subway ride that leaves the author with a soiled skirt, sprayed with unspeakable grime is a rare treat indeed.
Marcia Wallace is one remarkable dame, and if I closed that book left with one thing it is the reminder that we all need to shake off the small stuff and be grateful everyday for the gifts and people in our lives.
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From start to finish Marcia Wallace has your heart in the palm of her hand. I am not an easy audience and I was hooked from the Title to the ending. Her Christmas letters sprinkled through the book are the spine of the book, they chronicle her life. She takes us on a rollicking and hysterical journey through a rough childhood, her battle of the bulge, her breakdown, the meeting and marrying her "one true love", Denny. She is brutally and hysterically honest about everything!!! I wonder if I would be so brave...she lets it all hang out. This includes the pain in her childhood to the devistating loss of her "one true love" Denny to pancreatic cancer, her house burning down and the tales of her wonderful, bright, funny, son, Mikey growing up before her eyes, the perverbial apple does not fall far from the tree.
She openly shares her own personal battles with so many actual stories that many of us only fantasize about and some we couldn't even dream up. The book is so rich with life, laughter, heartbreak and joy.
Wow, I stayed up until 3:30 AM reading this book to the wonderfully, hopeful, finish. Marcia's story and the way she writes really entertains you, touches you, makes you laugh and cry out loud, often at the same time, and finally her tenacity, hope and sheer guts bring her to this wonderful point in her life, her brilliantly written, thoroughly entertaining autobiography. I say RUN don't walk to buy this book and ....don't look back we're not going that way.
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When I was a junior in high school, I busted up my leg in gym class and spent the next two years recuperating from two major surgeries and unable to walk without artificial aids. I came within weeks of losing my leg. My Aunt Grace gave me a sign to hang in my hospital room: "I felt sorry for myself, because I had no shoes, until I saw a man who had no feet." This book made me rethink those days and all the torment I went through. It was nothing compared to Marcia Wallace's life. This is the autobiography of a wonderful woman, delightful actress, and the undying spirit that is Marcia Wallace. Her life makes mine seem like a piece of cheesecake. She suffered through child abuse, a nervous breakdown, breast cancer, and obesity among other trials and tribulations until in her middle years she found the love of her life. Then within a few years she was a widow raising an adoptive son, had her house burn down, the IRS pounding at her door, severe debt, and an acting career that was struggling at best. Did she give up? Not by a long shot. This is the story of how she overcame overwhelming odds to be a happy, fulfilled woman suffering through menopause and even more ills. I couldn't read this inspiring book fast enough. I was swept away by the sprit of this adorable woman. My only regret: I don't know her in person; what a delight that would be. If she's ever in my neighborhood giving one of her many speeches of hope to breast cancer patients, I shall be sure to seek her out. There is one part of her story I would have liked to learn more about. She attributes her shift from Catholicism to Buddhism as her foundation of strength. I wish she had described this change in more depth and explain how it benefited her in detail. Otherwise, I found this to be one of the most heart-felt and inspiring books I have ever read. Thank you, Marcia Wallace.
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